Author: Kyle Kirby
In the last decade, downtown Harrisonburg has nurtured a thriving and eclectic culinary scene. International flavors. Locally-sourced ingredients. Lots of jobs for cooks, chefs and wait staff. But behind the kitchen doors and amid the ranks of food workers, are contributors to another burgeoning part of Harrisonburg’s cultural identity — its vibrant art and music scene.
In the last two years, Harrisonburg has cut down 350 ash trees in public areas because of the appetite of one voracious insect: the Emerald Ash Borer.
Since Andre Shank’s humble beginnings painting a duck a drain tunnel, he has gone on to create several more prominent murals across Harrisonburg and was among the first to embrace a trend of sprucing up walls and flat surfaces around town.
As a nascent business in 2017, IN2GR8ION and its founder Chad Walters got the kind of social-media fueled national exposure that entrepreneurs dream about.
Shrieks filled the air as night finally fell on Fear Forest, a local haunted attraction near Cross Keys. As the last of the ghouls filed in under the enormous skull that serves as the Forest entrance, a line of customers began to form, eager for the all-in-good-fun terror that awaited them.
WASHINGTON — Beginning with gospel baritone, then transitioning into spoken word then back to song, poet Avery R. Young paced back and forth across the stage. He held onto the podium as if it were his only support, then leapt back up with vigor, as he performed one of his poems for the audience of nearly 200 gathered before him in the National Museum of African American History and Culture.
A pattern of black diamonds grew slowly in the alley outside Finnigan’s Cove Seafood Bar & Grill, thanks to the helping hands of volunteers partnering with Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance this week.
Gay pride parades and festivals attract attendees for all sorts of reasons. Many are part of the LGBTQ+ community. Others come to show support for their loved ones, or just to be entertained at a big, outdoor drag show. Fifty years after the Stonewall Riots, Harrisonburg festival-goers told The Citizen what “Pride” means to them.